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making news in america this morning -- >> deadline day. it's down to the wire. without a budget deal, the government shuts down at midnight. a florida woman gambles away $14 million at the slots. now, charged with cleaning out someone else's life savings to do it. and studying jaws. groundbreaking but also controversial research on the great white shark. good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. congressional negotiators are now working around the clock as that midnight deadline approaches. >> but it's not just a matter of crunching the numbers. they have to bridge an ideological gap that's divided the nation for decades. >> all right. and emily schmidt, now, is
monitoring the latest developments in washington. good morning, emily. >> reporter: peggy and mike, good morning. here in washington and all across the country, federal workers aren't saying tgif just yet. that's because if the government shuts down, there's no saying when they will go back to work or when they will get paid again. four white house meetings in three days. and still, no deal. now, the budget deadline is hours away. and president obama says he expects an answer early this morning. >> i'm not yet prepared to express wild optimism. but i think we are further along today than we were yesterday. >> reporter: if that sounds familiar, here's why. listen to what was said tuesday, wednesday and thursday. >> we are now closer than we have ever been to getting an agreement. >> i do think we made some progress. >> we made some progress today. those differences have been narrowed. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid left the failed budget talks for the senate floor.
and said work would continue through the night. >> i said we would narrow the issues. and we have. but the sad part about it, we keep never quite getting to the finish line. >> reporter: the spending cut range is now likely between $34 billion and $38 billion. a major sticking point is federal funding of planned parenthood. if there's no deal, paychecks stop for 800,000 federal workers. even military families get back pay only when the government reopens. >> i'm worried about not being able to have the money to feed my child. not have the money to, you know, pay all of our bills. to have electricity in the house. have water in the house. >> reporter: president obama canceled a planned trip to indiana today to stay in washington and focus on these budget negotiations. meanwhile, the government shutdown mechanism is already moving. federal agencies are preparing to stop work at midnight. peggy and mike? >> well, emily, we know congress has already pasted two last-minute measures to keep government running. any chance of that 11th-hour move this time?
>> reporter: yeah. the house-controlled -- the republican-controlled house actually passed a one-week spending bill yesterday. immediately president obama threatened to veto it. he said it's no way to run the government. there may be, though, a bit of wiggle room. the white house said mr. obama would be willing to sign a bill that he called a clean bill. one that would focus on budget cuts, not focus on particular policies, if that would allow some talking time to finalize an agreement. so far, though, no public indication that that is likely to happen. mike and peggy? >> all right. emily schmidt, live from washington this morning. thank you. the commander who led the military mission in libya before nato took over, said the u.s. may consider sending troops into that country after all. army general carter ham told a senate committee it is possible america could participate in an international ground force after gadhafi is gone. but he also says that the situation in libya is turning into a stalemate. and secretary of defense, robert gates, is in iraq today. he's urging iraqi officials to
decide soon, whether they want u.s. troops to stay beyond december 31st. that's when the withdrawal is now set to be finished. gates also visited troops at camp liberty. he told them this is likely his last visit to iraq as defense secretary. northern japan has been rocked by a major aftershock. this is the frightening scene at a local tv station as the 7.1 quake hit. at least two people were killed and dozens injured in an area still reeling from the massive earthquake one month ago. five power plants were damaged, leaving most of the residents in the dark. but the nuclear power plant did not appear to be harmed by the latest shaker. debris from the first powerful earthquake is on its way to the u.s. west coast. it will move with a powerful current, carrying the remnants of 200,000 destroyed buildings toward washington state, oregon and california. experts say a year from now we'll begin to see things like boats that float easily. then wood from houses, plastic children's toys.
two years out, fishing supplies and nets will come ashore. then, after three years, shoes, plastic furniture. even entire dining sets. >> unbelievable. a horrible scene at an elementary school in brazil. look at these images from a security camera, as frightened students run as a gunman begins roaming the hallways. now, he eventually killed 12 of the students, shooting them execution-style. the gunman then killed himself. police say he left a rambling suicide note at the scene. possible presidential candidate, donald trump, has jumped on the birther bandwagon. the tycoon is meeting with an arizona lawmaker. sponsoring a so-called birther bill. and yesterday, trump claimed president obama may be pulling the biggest political cons ever by not showing his birth certificate. he even claims to have investigators on the ground in hawaii. the kennedy family gathers today in boston to break ground in an institute -- on an institute near and dear to the late ted kennedy's heart. located next to the jfk
presidential library, the institute will, in large part, be dedicated to helping people understand the u.s. senate. kennedy's widow, vicki, says it is a fitting legacy. >> teddy loved three things. he loved more than three things. he loved life. but he loved history, he loved education and he loved the united states senate. and this place brings all of those things together. >> the opening of the institute is not without controversy. it's being built, in part, with nearly $40 million in taxpayer money. and now, to a top honor 75 years in the making. westinghouse high school in pittsburgh has named fannetta nelson its 1936 valedictorian. nelson was robbed of that top honor because she was african-american. her sister who was valedictorian the year prior said the principaled vowed not to let another african-american get that same recognition. now, both sisters will be listed
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well, first signs this morning that life is slowly returning to normal in japan. toyota announced overnight it will resume production at all of its plants in japan, from april 18th to 27th. the plants will operate at about 50% of normal capacity because of parts shortages. toyota still does not know when it will return to full production. the economic recovery appears to be getting stronger. retail sales were surprisingly strong last month, coming in well ahead of expectations,
despite the soaring gas prices. americans also borrowed more money for the fifth-straight month in february, to buy new cars and pay for school. consumer spending makes up 70% of the economy. the markets are ending the week on a positive note. tokyo's nikkei average surged nearly 2% today. hong kong's hang seng is higher. and in london, the ftse also opened higher. on wall street, the dow fell 17 points yesterday. the nasdaq slipped three points. two, french fashion giants could soon be battling over red soles. shoemaker, christian la vuitton, is now suing yves st. laurent for copying a line of shoes that are painted red on the bottom the la vuitton said he came up with the look 20 years ago when he painted the bottom of a shoe red. most social security recipients do not receive paper checks anymore. and soon, nobody will get a yearly statement in the mail, either. you have to go online to find out how much you get when you retire. mailing the paper statements costs $70 million a year.
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and the case against convicted sex offender charged with kidnapping jaycee dugard has taken a surprising turn. phillip garrido was expected to admit his guilt during a hearing yesterday. but instead, he pleaded not guilty. his attorney filed a last-minute challenge to show the grand jury that indicted garrido how that jury was selected. jaycee dugard was finally freed after 18 years in captivity. texas drivers could get to where they're going sooner. the state's house of representatives voted to raise the speed limit to 85 on some highways. and the state senate may do the same. now, that would set an american record high. the 85-mile-per-hour limit would also only apply to specially-built roads. and only after engineering and traffic studies were completed. in medical news, preventing esophageal cancer could be as easy as eating strawberries. a small, new research study suggests eating freeze-dried strawberry is key to eating more
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now "good morning maryland." time is running out on a possible government shutdown. coming up, more on what some closures could mean for you. and what that government shutdown could mean for you. what services will be available and what be will be closed. we will let crowe know how this could im-- let you know how this could impact you. if you are look for loans or scholarships to give your senior a break? you may have a thing about instate tuition for those of illegal immigrants. happy friday. i am megan pringle. >> i am charley crowson. go to our face back regarding the discussion on the shutdown. legislators will be paid and our servicemen and women, the pay is going to be suspend. go to face -- suspend.
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